Despite their relatively high sugar content (for a vegetable), many people claim to not like beets. That’s too bad because beets are considered a superfood contributing to our health in many ways.
Here are just some of the reasons beets are healthy:
Beets have recently been found to increase stamina during exercise by 16 percent.
Beets are high in fiber, potassium, magnesium, niacin, calcium, iron, and biotin. They are a high source of phytonutrients, which provide strong antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification support.
Beets help lower blood pressure, maintain blood vessel elasticity, and even help eliminate varicose veins. In fact in some studies beet juice is as effective as high blood pressure medication without the awful side effects.
Beets contain lutein and zeaxanthin, both of which help prevent or even cure macular degeneration and other age related eye issues.
Beets and their leaves are a high source of folate, which is the natural base of folic acid. Folate helps build tissue and red blood cells. Folic acid is a vital nutrient for pregnant women to ensure proper fetal development.
Beets help cleanse the blood and create more red blood cells. They are useful for treating and curing anemia. Heavy daily beet consumption has even been used to treat leukemia and other cancers. In the 1950’s, Dr. Ferenczi of Csoma, Hungary used beets exclusively to break up tumors in the body. He had considerable success, and tumors were often completely eliminated. Everyone can benefit from beets’ anti-carcinogenic properties by eating beets regularly.
Beet juice helps stimulate liver cells and cleanse and protect bile ducts. It also helps relieve the kidneys of stress to help cure gout. Beets are also useful in preventing constipation.
Beet juice is alkaline and helps stave off acidosis, a suspected factor in many diseases. Beets can also be used to help detoxify the body.
Raw beets offer the most complete nutrients. Beets can be shredded over salads or juiced. They can be boiled, roasted or barbecued. They can be sliced or diced and tossed into soup, otherwise known as borscht. The tops are similar to spinach and can be eaten raw or steamed and served with butter and lemon juice.
Beets are easy to grow in the garden, requiring little care but providing great reward.
Adding beets to your diet is a great way to beat a variety of health problems.
Borscht – Shelley Goldbeck
1/2 lb beef stew meat
½ tsp sea salt (to taste)
pepper (to taste)
2 Tbsp oil (coconut, olive)
2 cloves minced garlic
1 cup diced onions
1 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
1 cup chopped cabbage
1 cup chopped carrots
1 cup diced potatoes
1 handful fresh dill stalks, flowers, and leaves
sour cream or yogurt
1 cup chopped canned or stewed tomatoes with juice
1&1/2 lb cooked, peeled and diced beets
Saute first seven ingredients in a large pot until onion is tender and meat is brown. Cover with 6 to 10 cups water. Simmer for 2 to 4 hours or until meat is falling-apart tender. Stir in cabbage, carrots and potatoes; cook 15 minutes. Add beets, dill, tomatoes and enough water to cover. Simmer for 15 to 30 minutes.
Remove large stalks of dill. Serve with sour cream or plain yogurt.
Vegan: This meal in a bowl can easily be prepared without the meat and served with a bit of coconut milk.